Labor Day For The Unemployed!

striking workers in front of Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ


At the risk of repeating myself, I repeat myself.

“Happy Labor Day! Now Here’s Your Pink Slip!”

September 1, 2014

Revel starts shutdown Monday after just 2 years

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City’s 36-year history of casino gambling begins to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel empties its hotel.

Revel is shutting down a little over two years after opening with high hopes of revitalizing Atlantic City’s struggling gambling market.

Revel will be the second of three Atlantic City casinos to close in a two-week span. The Showboat Casino Hotel closed its doors Sunday, and Trump Plaza is closing Sept. 16.

Now, as you can see, I posted this back in 2014 when Atlantic City casinos were shuttering their doors in unprecedented numbers and here we go again. In October, yet another ‘Trump’ casino will close its doors, putting thousands of Atlantic city residents out-of-work. So, I say, “Happy Labor Day! Now, here’s your pink slip!”

What a wonderful way to celebrate a tribute to workers; give them a pink slip and tell them to file for unemployment because even though this casino is no longer affiliated with Donald Trump, it still bears HIS name and so in essence, Trump is still playing the game, “You’re Fired!” America, have you no clue how ‘fired’ you are going to be if Trump descends to the presidency? This man has made billions by investing fake money into real estate schemes that bear his name and then when the business starts to go belly up, why he sucks everything out of it in bankruptcy proceedings, thus leaving the rank-and-file to pick up the pieces of their lives, the best way they can. Correct me if I am wrong, but how many of us could continuously get away with filing bankruptcy after bankruptcy and then proceed to amass fortune after fortune off just our name and abscond with the profits when the shit hits the fan and then off to another profitable venture, we go? Not a damn one of us and that’s for sure!

And Americans have the nerve to wonder why they are fucked up? Don’t wonder. Just look around at who continues to thumb their billions in your face while you land on your face after having worked your ass off for decades; only to be thrown out like yesterday’s stinking garbage.

Trump Taj Mahal closing would further darken A.C.’s South Inlet
The announced closing of Taj Mahal came shortly after one of Atlantic City’s biggest successes in the past two years — the reopening of Showboat in July.

Straub is still in the process of trying to get Revel reopened.

“It’s two steps forward, three steps backwards,” said Richard Perniciaro, director of the Center for Regional and Business Research at Atlantic Cape Community College.

Perniciaro said the proposed closing of the Taj combined with the pending referendum on casinos in North Jersey in November could discourage residential and commercial investment in the resort.

The Taj Mahal has gone through five(5) bankruptcy proceedings; that’s FIVE! And get this, the employees who had a stake in the success of this casino have lost their health benefits and their pension and so does anyone wonder why statistics state that Atlantic City, NJ has one of the nation’s highest foreclosure rates? And yet, ‘white’ male vultures with loads of money are waiting in the wings to snatch up the property of the soon-to-be former workers of the Taj Mahal casino. And we don’t need a revolution? Where are these people going to live? Have you visited Atlantic City lately? I was there in 2013 and I can tellya, it was like nothing I had ever seen. People were coming up to me on the boardwalk, yelling in my face to, “Give me a dollar!” I had to produce my stun gun, pepper spray to send them running. When I was heading into a liquor store right off the boardwalk, women were standing in font of the liquor store, shoving their children up to strangers to get them to beg for money as they entered and exited the liquor store. The salesclerk stated that it is a huge problem, but what can they do because as soon as they shoo them away, they come right back. I can only imagine what it is like now, because that was before the recent shuttering of many casino doors. Crime has got to be off the charts. Homelessness, we know is off the charts because with foreclosure rates skyrocketing, where are those people who once had homes, living? Right! In a box.

This is what this country is descending into; a nation of abject poverty stricken people with no means, no jobs and no hope and here we have two candidates for president that are the epitome of hopelessness for the masses. We have a candidate that has filed bankruptcy more times than I can count and who deliberately goes about attempting to stir up racists and bigots while on the other hand, we have ‘Pantsuits Warmonger Killar E. Clinton’ who never saw a drone it didn’t like and is itching to be the commander-in-chief to continue to provoke the Russians and the Chinese into war.

But we are about to celebrate Labor Day? For real? Get the fuck outta here with that bullshit! And yet, I cannot help but think that the poem I wrote for Labor Day 2014 is just as relevant now as it was then. Enjoy!

The Atlantic City Labor Day Blues!

For 30 years, I’ve punched that clock
and now on Labor Day, I get to take stock
of a life of labor that could end any day
and the sad fact is, I can’t pay my own way.

In the unemployment line, here I stand.
I’ve joined the ranks of the sad, holding out my hand,
not for a hand-out, because I’ve paid my dues.
So don’t give me no lip, walk a mile in my shoes!

How long will it take me to get back on my feet
and fulfill my obligations, I’ve deadlines to meet?

I’m out to pound the pavement ’cause winter won’t wait.
The lights must stay on and the rent cannot be late.

What a Labor Day it is here in Atlantic City.
It’s not going well for me, Labor Day is kind of shitty!

©2014 Shelby I. Courtland

So yeah, Happy Labor Day!

19 thoughts on “Labor Day For The Unemployed!

    1. Ain’t that a fact? And shits like Trump never miss a beat! His ‘businesses’ are all just smoke and mirrors and he just bluffs his way to the top of the heap with no substance behind him because with bankruptcies dogging his every footstep, who in hell believes his so-called ‘net worth’ is worth shit? Doing the shit he’s done would have gotten the rest of us in ‘debtors prison’ and don’t we all know it. Because people really are being jailed for not being able to pay medical bills and the like, but this loud mouth shit gets away with much more and gets to pretend to want to be the next president. We are fucking doomed! And we’d better get used to what that really means.


      I thank you for your comment Skulz! Much appreciated, I am sure you know.

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  1. Donald has a lot of black supporters for a Republican. They don’t care about his bankruptcies(I am not recommending we vote for him,Hillary, or anyone else) or anything he says. They believe he is going to “make America great again”(a lot of us don’t know what that term really means and I didn’t either until those whose were older than me told me). The other non-black supporters believe in him just as much.

    Whatever happens(and with all that has happened, there must be another big surprise coming), this will be the craziest presidential election campaign in American history.


    1. I am sure he does! Because many Black folks ain’t got the sense Gawd gave a goat! And some motherfucker that ‘follows’ me had the nerve to castigate me for saying bad things about Black people. Well, when Black people give me reasons to say GOOD things about them, I will, but until then, I will continue to call Black people out on their dumb ass behavior and that’s a fact!

      Black folks will NEVER figure out what needs to be done and instead, will continue to look for a savior to dig them out from underneath piles of shit. They will look to the very same shits that have buried them underneath piles of shit for an escape from underneath the piles of shit that their oppressors have attempted to kill them with. Donald Trump, just because he FINALLY made his way into a ‘Black’ church is not going to do a damn thing about the plight of Black people in AmeriKKKa! That bigoted egomaniac has encouraged racists and bigots to crawl out of the woodwork to show up at his rallies and fuck Black folks up and then I am going to turn around and invite him into MY church to speak????!!!! Seriously??!!! For real??!!! That shit don’t even make a goddamn bit of sense, but then, nothing that Black folks is doing these days is making any goddamn sense, so it’s basically just more of the same. I have given up on trying to get through to these tired ass Black folks that refuse to see the writing on the fucking wall.

      N.S. I thank you for your comment.


      1. Which is why alot of us have been saying for a long time, that Christianity bullshit is gonna lead many of us to our graves and even hell. Infact it already has.

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      2. That is true! Why Black people are still following Christianity is a complete mystery to me. The goddamn ‘religion’ of Christianity don’t even make a hill ‘o beans worth of sense. Anyone with more than two brain cells connected should have been able to figure this out long before now. I can understand children going along with those fake ass Christian fairytales, but upon reaching adulthood, they need to give that shit up just as they did the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and fucking Santa Claus because Christianity is just as fake as all of the aforementioned, and that’s a fact!

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      1. They lie about the unemployment figures here as well Leslie. Who in hell believes that with all the stores closing their doors and announcing layoffs after layoffs that the unemployment rate stands at 4.7% or somewhere thereabouts? That shit is crazy. Macy’s just announced that it is closing another 500 stores. Wal-Mart is closing more stores. JC Penney, Sears and Kmart are on life-support and even McDonalds is crying the “Where are my motherfucking Happy Meal buying poor ass customers?”

        There is no silver lining to be found anywhere and this coming holiday season is going to make the word ‘dismal’ seem like a good thing compared to what’s really going to happen.

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      2. I don’t think anyone believes the numbers reported. It’s come to the point where they have stretched us so thin we can even afford Walmart or McDonalds.

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  2. And yet my cousins up in the United Snakes have the unmitigated crapaud gall to say they are participating in that heinous parade…


  3. Donald Trump really excels at getting other people to back his financial enterprises and losing their money for them. I totally blame his rise to fame on this obscene invention of reality TV. TV producers love it because in many cases they charge guests to appear (especially on shows like “Undercover Boss.”)

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    1. And that is why Dr. Bramhall, I don’t own a TV. I have never looked at one so-called ‘reality TV’ show because I like MY reality. I don’t need to sit up with a bowl of popcorn and drool over someone else’s reality when I am living ‘reality’ every day. That is just stupid. And why would I pay to get on TV and look stupid, Americans are just too stupid for words and the sad part is that they are so stupid that they will pay someone else so that they can star in a TV show that showcases their stupidity. And I have the nerve to wonder why we are in deep shit? No, I don’t because all I need do is take a look around at what we have to work with. We got nothing! Therefore, we are doomed!

      Dr. Bramhall, I thank you for your comment. It is right as rain!


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